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Tia Chucha's Cultural Center & Bookstore's mural depicting the tree of life, the masculine/feminine generating principles of the world, and the wholeness of self, community, earth, and spirit.
Luis J. Rodriguez, August 18, 2016

The blog post is based on a keynote speech I did two years ago at the 10th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces on "Justice for Native Americans: Historical Trauma, Contemporary Images, and Human Rights."


Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodríguez and his wife Trini.
Luis J. Rodriguez, July 29, 2016

Ideas of racial/cultural purity or superiority are alive and well in the United States. These are oppressive, non-biological, and unnatural concepts, pushed on us like other lies and illusions in our society. This wouldn’t matter much except people believe them.


Luis J. Rodriguez, June 18, 2016

In the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub massacre, Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016

By Luis J. Rodriguez

 

Hate becomes death becomes hate.

The world unravels in fear.

 

Columbine: 13 students and a teacher gone.


North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains. Photo by Henry Hooper.
Luis J. Rodriguez, May 21, 2016

North Carolina has some of the most diverse terrain of any state—from the Great Smoky Mountains, which includes the Blue Ridge peaks of the massive Appalachian mountain range, to the Outer Banks on the Atlantic coast. The state is rich in bio-diversity, history, and people.


1994 photo of Luis Rodriguez and his then 19-year-old son Ramiro.
Luis J. Rodriguez, April 19, 2016

Any good craftsman carries his tools.
Years ago they were always at the ready.
In a car. In a knapsack.
Claw hammers, crisscrossed heads,


Luis J Rodriguez
Luis J. Rodriguez, March 02, 2016

Walk with the young, America;
be young, again, America,
among the defiant and awake,
solid in their dreams.
Be the revolution in the marrow
where passions, ideals, fervors,
purpose and courage,
are not just qualities
people had in history books,


Luis reading at L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC, April 2015
Luis J. Rodriguez, January 21, 2016

On historic Central Avenue near East 45th Street, the Vernon Branch Public Library looks like a jail—tall fences surround the circa 1915 building and a fenced walkway leads up to the doorway. Like the surrounding neighborhood, the library appears worn, beaten down.


John Trudell
Luis J. Rodriguez, December 14, 2015

Crazy Horse
We hear what you say
One Earth one Mother
One does not sell the Earth


A message wall speaks to life on the streets.
Luis J. Rodriguez, November 24, 2015

Every road should come to this end:
A place called home.
When you don’t have one
the expanse of sky is your roof,
the vacant lots and sidewalks your living room.
Every city, your city.


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